Spiel Ohne Grenzen 1975
West German Domestic Series

Presenters:
Erhard Keller
Karl-Heinz Wocker

Referees:
Hermann-Josef Bremen
Egon Bröse
Karl Coosman
Horst Hamacher
Franz Panno

Designer:
Willi Steinberg

Producer:
Marita Theile

Director:
Günther Hassert

An ARD-WDR Production
 

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Spiel Ohne Grenzen 1975

Heat 1

Event Staged: Saturday 12th April 1975
Venue: Bundesleistungszentrum für Eishockey (National Training Centre for Ice Hockey),
Füssen im Allgäu, Bayern, West Germany

Transmission:
ARD-WDR (D):
Saturday 12th April 1975, 2.45-4.00pm (Live)
Not transmitted in Great Britain

Theme: Spielen auf dem Eis (Games on Ice)

Teams: Füssen im Allgäu v. Mannheim

Team Members included:
Füssen im Allgäu -
Klaus Escholler, Karolina Hefeller, Barbara Hoffner, Sacha Pfeiffer, Karline Schallis, Franz Schwettinger.

Games included: Polar Bear Push and Clowning-A-Round.

Game Results and Standings

Result

 Team

Points

Final Scoreboard

1st
2nd

 F • Füssen im Allgäu
 M Mannheim

18
4

Füssen im Allgäu qualified for Jeux Sans Frontières at Mannheim, West Germany:
staged on Tuesday 15th July 1975

The Venue

Füssen im Allgäu, Bayern

This heat was held on ice at the BLZ (Bundesleistungszentrum) Arena in Füssen im Allgäu. Apart from the Winter Interneige series and the annual Christmas Specials, this was the only time that a Domestic or International Heat was held on ice, with competitors, referees and all the teams wearing ice-skates. It was also the first time a West German Domestic Heat had been held indoors.

The arena itself is used as the National Training Centre for Ice Hockey, Figure Skating, Curling and other ice sports.

Additional Information

As was the case with the previous year's competition, the destinations for the Domestic heat winners were decided purely on the winning margins of each heat. The closest matches saw their winners participate in International Heats 1, 2 and 3 and the heats which finished with the greatest gaps saw their winners go to International Heats 4, 5 and 7. International Heat 6 had been reserved for the highest-scoring loser.

Made in Colour • This programme exists German archives

 

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Spiel Ohne Grenzen 1975

Heat 2

Event Staged: Saturday 19th April 1975
Venue: Reitplatz (Riding Paddock), Leonberg,
Baden-Württemberg, West Germany

Transmission:
ARD-WDR (D):
Saturday 19th April 1975, 2.45-4.00pm (Live)
Not transmitted in Great Britain

Theme: Ungarisch Spiele (Hungarian Games)

Teams: Frankenthal v. Leonberg

Team Members included:
Leonberg -
Franz Evets, Annette Negen.

Games included: Battering Ram Jump.

Game Results and Standings

Result

 Team

Points

Final Scoreboard

1st
2nd

 L • Leonberg
 F Frankenthal

15
9

Leonberg qualified for Jeux Sans Frontières at Engelberg, Switzerland:
staged on Tuesday 1st July 1975

The Venue

Leonberg, Baden-Württemberg

 

An aerial view of the Reitplatz at Leonberg

 

Made in Colour • This programme exists German archives

 

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Spiel Ohne Grenzen 1975

Heat 3

Event Staged: Saturday 26th April 1975
Venue: Oppenheim, Rheinland-Pfalz, West Germany

Transmission:
ARD-WDR (D):
Saturday 26th April 1975, 2.45-4.00pm (Live)
Not transmitted in Great Britain

Teams: Oppenheim v. Simmern

Team Members included:
Oppenheim -
Bernt Borsnerf, Molly Copriva, Helmut Ring.

Game Results and Standings

Result

 Team

Points

Final Scoreboard

1st
2nd

 O • Oppenheim
 S Simmern

14
10

Oppenheim qualified for Jeux Sans Frontières at Knokke, Belgium:
staged on Tuesday 20th May 1975
Simmern qualified as the highest scoring losing team for
Jeux Sans Frontières
at Nancy, France:
staged on Tuesday 29th July 1975

Made in Colour • This programme exists German archives

 

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Spiel Ohne Grenzen 1975

Heat 4

Event Staged: Saturday 3rd May 1975
Venue: Marktplatz (Market Square), Karlstadt am Main, Bayern, West Germany

Transmission:
ARD-WDR (D):
Saturday 3rd May 1975, 3.45-5.00pm (Live)
Not transmitted in Great Britain

Theme: Around the World in 75 Minutes

Teams: Bietigheim-Bissingen v. Karlstadt am Main

Team Members included:
Bietigheim-Bissingen -
Rolf Schube (Team Coach), Hannelore Grimm (Team Trainer), Klaus Britsch, Inge Gleich, Günter Heinle, Karl-Heinz Jablinski, Wolfgang Jogwer, Frieder Kling, Markus Kling, Bärbel Mack, Gerhard Müller, Jürgen Ruof, Wolfgang Sinn, Ellen Tiedtke, Edeltraud Wachtler, Christian Walter.

Games included: Australian Kangaroos.

Game Results and Standings

Result

 Team

Points

Final Scoreboard

1st
2nd

 BB • Bietigheim-Bissingen
 K Karlstadt am Main

14
10

Bietigheim-Bissingen qualified for Jeux Sans Frontières at Maastricht, Netherlands:
staged on Tuesday 3rd June 1975

The Venue

Marktplatz (Market Square), Karlstadt am Main

This heat was held in the picturesque and historic market square in Karlstadt am Main. Horror film buffs would recognise the name as being the starting point for Jonathan Harker and Van Helsing in the Dracula novels of Bram Stoker.

Bietigheim-Bissingen, was the new name given to the two communities of Bietigheim and Bissingen after the Baden-Württemberg district reform. The name introduced was introduced from 1st January 1975.

Additional Information

The Bietigheim-Bissingen team required a battle cry to urge the team on whenever they played, so a contest was arranged by a local newspaper. The winning entry by Rolf Mühleisen from Ludwigsburg was simply ‘Bi-Bi-ran’, and was shouted out by the travelling spectators at this heat as well as at their International Heat in Maastricht, Netherlands and at the International Final!

Made in Colour • This programme exists German archives

 

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Spiel Ohne Grenzen 1975

Heat 5

Event Staged: Saturday 10th May 1975
Venue: Ufer des Biggedamm (Shore of Bigge Dam), Attendorn,
Nordrhein-Westfalen, West Germany

Transmission:
ARD-WDR (D):
Saturday 10th May 1975, 2.45-4.00pm (Live)
Not transmitted in Great Britain

Theme: Der Steinzeit (The Stone Age)

Teams: Attendorn v. Pulheim

Team Members included:
Attendorn -
Yutte Baettig, Michael Droste, Helga Emmiss, Hieke Enginge, Josef Hessel, Gertha Huntermann, Tagabert Schneider.

Games included: The Log Carts and The Battling Rhinoceroses

Game Results and Standings

Result

 Team

Points

Final Scoreboard

1st
2nd

 A • Attendorn
 P Pulheim

15
9

Attendorn qualified for Jeux Sans Frontières at Riccione, Italy:
staged on Tuesday 17th June 1975

Additional Information

A crowd of over 6,000 spectators turned up on the day to watch the home side win this heat.

All competitors in this heat were attired in Stone Age costumes.

Made in Colour • This programme exists German archives

 

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Spiel Ohne Grenzen 1975

Heat 6

Event Staged: Saturday 17th May 1975
Venue: Freibad (Open-Air Swimming Pool), Seesen, Niedersachsen, West Germany

Transmission:
ARD-WDR (D):
Saturday 17th May 1975, 3.00-4.00pm (Live)
Not transmitted in Great Britain

Weather Conditions:
Sunny and Warm

Theme: Einen Tag am Pool (A Day at the Pool)

Teams: Baesweiler v. Seesen

Team Members included:
Baesweiler -
Beatrix Coischon, Angelica Lehric, Gerd Norimann, Eva Simmermans, Norbert Schwantrinck, Kornelia Spielberg, Margret Vornrat.

Games: The Backstrokers, The King's Thrones, Under the Bridge, The Eloping Couples, Open-Mouthed Bathers, A Change of Clothing, The Irrigators, The Buoyancy Rings, The Giant Feet and The Croupier Donkeys.

Game Results and Standings

Result

 Team

Points

Final Scoreboard

1st
2nd

 B • Baesweiler
 S Seesen

15
7

Baesweiler qualified for Jeux Sans Frontières at Southport, Great Britain:
staged on Tuesday 12th August 1975

Additional Information

At the end of this heat, two teams - Simmern and Karlstadt am Main - were both tied as the highest-scoring losing teams, both having scored 10pts each. The count-back of games placings for both teams were also exactly equal, and therefore senior referee Hermann-Josef Bremen had to draw lots to decide which would be the team qualifying for the International series. Simmern’s name was the first out of the bag and therefore qualified for Jeux Sans Frontières in France later in the year.

8mm home movie footage was shot of this event at rehearsals and during the recording of the Seesen Domestic Heat. See below for a rare chance to see behind the scenes of Spiel Ohne Grenzen.

Made in Colour • This programme exists German archives

 

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